Plant-based foods may be dominating headlines lately, but when it comes to driving profit and customer loyalty, the meat case is still supreme. And though consumers are increasingly interested in exploring a variety of cuts and types of meat, poultry continues to win the popularity contest among shoppers due to its value, versatility, health attributes and convenience.
Organic fruits and vegetables reached $16.5 billion in sales in 2017, and fresh produce made up 90% of those purchases, which has “prompted retailers to launch products under their own private-label brands,” said Organic Trade Association CEO Laura Batcha.
Sales of pet food are expected to climb approximately 2-3% annually through 2023, Mintel projects. However, an increasingly crowded market and rising price points in the marketplace could be leading the pet food market toward potential saturation, writes Annie Gasparro.
Cece’s Veggie Co has unveiled a new range butternut squash-based mac and cheese alternative, which includes a dairy-free variant. The 100% organic butternut squash shells in the Shells & Cheese range replace the pasta shells found in a traditional mac and cheese.
Jif Poppers are peanut-butter-coated popcorn snacks that come in three varieties: Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Chocolate.
The Perfect Potato from Robinson Fresh and Albert Bartlett is a line of bite-sized, creamy potatoes responding to consumer demand for potatoes that come in convenient packaging and require no prep work – simply heat and eat.
The company plans to invest $2.3 billion in 2019 in the improvement of its delivery network and in repositioning Stop & Shop, while cutting costs by about $2 million in the coming three years.
The pilot program will take place in Miami-Dade County, FL, using Postmates as its delivery partner, which is already connected to Ford’s digital platform. Walmart and Ford agree autonomous vehicles have an important role to play as we consider the future of delivery.
Consulting firm Brick Meets Click finds that the retailer offers a more seamless experience between online and offline channels for customers than Kroger and Walmart.
Kellogg is considering a sale of its fruit-snack and cookie units, which include such brands as Keebler, Famous Amos and Stretch Island, as the firm works to focus more on core brands. The company also announced it would be reorganizing its operational structure in January to spur growth and innovation.